Meet Our Teams

We are a service-oriented Department with staff on-duty and ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Familiarize yourself with our subdivisions, staff and Organizational Chart so that you know who to contact in a time of need.

Special Support Services

Special Support Services spearheads our crime prevention efforts by providing community outreach and training opportunities. We also coordinate with Patrol Operations and the Denver Police to facilitate and participate in ongoing investigations.

  • Associate Director/Commander Mike Holt

    Mike Holt is the Associate Director/Commander and currently leads the Community Outreach, Investigations, Training and Communications Center for the department.  Mike is a member of the Crisis Assessment Risk Evaluation (CARE) Faculty Staff Support Network (FSSN) teams. Mike has a strong interest and belief in helping people and has dedicated his professional and personal life to doing so.

    Mike’s interests are jazz, and other performing arts, travel and his 5 pound Yorkie Missy. Mike passed on an opportunity to meet Prince (yes, THE Prince) to meet and talk with members of Prince’s horn section who were and still are some of his musical heroes.

    Mike has assisted in the security planning of campus visits of Presidents Clinton and Obama, VP Biden, Secretary of State Albright and Rice, US Senators Bennet and Romney, Supreme Court justices, Sotomayor and Scalia, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the Dahli Lama, Desmond Tutu and several of the former and current mayors and governors Denver and Colorado.

    Mike is a US Air Force Veteran and was awarded the University of Denver Spirit award for outstanding service to the university community.

    Three words to describe Mike: Calm, Caring, and Dependable


Office of Compliance and Administration

Our Office is responsible for conducting organizational compliance and management of the Department’s administrative processes. These include, but are not limited to, the Department’s internal selection, hiring and promotion processes; uniform and equipment inventory control and inspections; participation in the internationally accredited CALEA (Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies) program; and the University’s obligations under the federally mandated Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act).

We also manage the Department’s written directive development and publication, which ensures each directive aligns with the University’s policies, applicable laws and standards set by the CALEA accreditation program. Our primary goal is to ensure compliance and provide guidance to the Department in its mission to promote transparency, accountability, professionalism, inclusivity and integrity.

Patrol Operations & Communications Center

Staffed by 18 Officers, our Patrol Operations duties include, but are not limited to, receiving and answering calls for assistance, information dissemination, proactive patrols of the campus, safety walks, special event staffing and direction to external services.

The Department's Communications Center offers first-line assistance for anyone on campus. Our 9 Communication Technicians monitor CCTV, intrusion alarm systems, 911 monitoring, C-cure system monitoring, radio traffic for Campus Safety Officers, all Emergency notifications to the community and handle all emergency and non-emergency calls.

  • Captain Doug Hasty

    I am Douglas Hasty and currently serve as the Patrol Captain for the Department, where I have been employed for the past 20 years.  I think one of my most memorable moments working here would be the day that I was able to meet and shake the hand of the 14th Dalai Lama. 

    I am married and my wife and I are raising our four kids in a blended family that I am very proud of.  We have two boys and two girls.   

    Shortly after High School my first job was working as a summer seasonal wildlands fire fighter for the Carlsbad Caverns National Park.  After that I studied in Criminal Justice for three years at NMSU while minoring in History.

    Three words that I would use to describe myself are Ethical/Loyal/Reliable.


Office of Emergency Preparedness

We coordinate all activities necessary to build, sustain and improve our capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to and recover from threatened or actual natural and man-made disasters.

  • Lt. Jeff Simpson, Mgr. of Emergency Preparedness

    Jeff Simpson is the Manager of Emergency Preparedness. He holds the rank of Lieutenant and supervises ESS&T. Jeff is responsible for emergency planning at the university which includes regular training and drills. He constantly urges students to sign up for DU Alert.

    Something interesting people don’t know about Jeff: He was born in Okinawa Japan and taught himself how to play the piano.

    Jeff started working at the University of Denver in 2007 and left in 2013 to work at the Community College of Aurora as the Director of Security. Jeff Came back to DU in 2016 and has been in his current position since.

    Jeff holds a master’s degree in emergency management from the University of Denver.

    Three words he would use to describe himself: I love lamp.


Electronic Security Systems and Technology (ESS&T)

Our ESS&T team installs, maintains and upgrades intrusion alarms, surveillance cameras, fire alarms and exterior door access systems.